This Weekend in Stanly CountyBy Bridget Huckabee
If, as the saying goes, variety is the spice of life then this weekend in Stanly County is certainly spicy. Take your pick of music, cruise-ins, golf, a farmers’ market, a theatrical production and more. We also have one of the states few drive-in theaters. And we haven’t even mentioned the outdoor activities provided by our parks and pools and lakes and rivers.
Start your weekend on Thursday evening with a free open air concert from 8 pm to 10 pm at Albemarle’s downtown venue, Market Station. Bring a lawn chair, indulge in a little sustenance from the concession stand and sit back and enjoy the gospel music of The Way of the Cross.
On Friday it’s time again for the monthly Oakboro Cruise-In & Burnout. This is the largest Downtown Cruise-In in North Carolina and brings in around 6,000 or so people and over 500 cars depending on the weather. The event technically starts at 5 pm, but people normally show up around 3 pm to socialize before and during the event. It’s a great time to see some very unique cars and trucks. The Cruise-In is always on the 4th Friday of every month. The burnout starts at 9 pm and only takes place from April through October
Over at the Badin Inn it’s time for the regular Friday night Pickin on the Porch from 7 pm to 10 pm. This Friday come and listen to BMW. The music is free but there is food and drink available at the pub and restaurant.
Friday night at the Agri-Civic Center is the opening night for the Uwharrie Players presentation of Camelot. Performances on Friday and Saturday are at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. The Uwharrie Players has been the community theater organization of Stanly County for over thirty-five years. Come and enjoy the latest production of this talented group.
Saturday morning is the time to grab your market basket and head to Market Station for the Stanly County Farmers’ Market in downtown Albemarle. Stalls are loaded with fresh produce, all locally grown. Load up with veggies and home-made goodies for some delicious weekend feasting.
Saturday and Sunday will see the first Annual Badin Inn Open Golf Tournament. This 36 hole individual stroke play event (flighted) is open to anyone. To play in net division, a player must have an established handicap. Any Badin Inn Member who plays is also entered into the Badin Inn Club Championship free of charge and the score counts for that tournament also. Starting times will begin at 9 am each day with Flight 1.
On Saturday, at the Fork Farm and Stables in Norwood, the Circuit/NSCA Registered Shoot takes place from 9 am to 5 pm.
Also on Saturday, the monthly Stanfield Motorcycle Cruise-in brings classic bikes to downtown Stanfield. From 4 pm to 9 pm, walk down the center of town and reminisce about the time you owned or almost owned one of those classic bikes. Meet old friends, make new friends, kick tires and tell stories. The event is sponsored by the Greater Stanfield Business Association, a group of Stanfield and surrounding area business owners, who are ready and willing to create an active community of family oriented events, while developing commerce and supporting the greater good of their town.
Saturday night from 7 pm to 10 pm there’s more Pickin on the Porch at the Badin Inn. Settle down on a rocker on the Inn’s porch or on the breezeway, or enjoy a leisurely dinner and drinks at the pub while you enjoy the music of Arsena Schroeder.
The only hard time you’ll have in Stanly County this weekend is deciding which of the many fun events to attend.